Now that we’re in the middle of summer, a lot of dogs also want to keep cool on those super hot days. One of the best ways for dogs to enjoy to keep cool and enjoy the summer sun is one of our favorites, too – swimming! Many experts say that a quick dip in the pool can be a great way for our four-legged friends to beat the heat. However, being around water always has many risks. Follow these water safety tips for to help keep your dog safe around the swimming pool.
Don’t Assume All Dogs Can Swim
First things first, you should definitely not just assume that every dog can swim. Each dog is different, some take to the water naturally while others may be scared of the water or may not have the physical capacity to adequately swim. There are actually many factors that need to be taken into account such as the shape and weight of the dog. Experts also recommend that you take into account your dog’s personality. If new or unfamiliar situations may overwhelm your dog, the last thing you want to do is just toss them in the water. Ultimately, not all dogs are made for swimming and some who may want to swim could need some assistance in the water.
Teach Your Pooch How To Swim
As we mentioned before, it is so important to make sure that your furry friend is 100% comfortable with the water. This might sound quite strange but many dogs can actually benefit from doggy swimming lessons, especially when they are still puppies. While dogs generally instinctively paddle when deep water, there are still dogs who may not do this and may start to panic. As a result, they cannot keep their heads above the water which is one of the reasons for doggy drownings. When it comes to teaching your dog how to swim, experts also suggest that you take it slow, allow them to explore the water at their own pace. Furthermore, for each step they master, you can reward your pup.
Invest In A Doggy Life Jacket
Life jackets are a great option for those dogs that love the water but aren’t necessarily be great swimmers. The support will provide extra protection and is a super way to help your dog while in the water. By your dog wearing a life jacket may make you as the owner feel a lot more relaxed knowing that your dog is protected at all times with their doggy life jacket.
Never Leave Your Dog In Or Around The Pool Unattended
Oftentimes, many pet owners don’t take this piece of advice seriously. No matter how well your dog swims, never leave him or her unattended in or around the pool. You just never know what kind of situation or emergency could arise which could instantly put your pooch in danger. Dogs are just like young children and should always be supervised, especially around a pool.